The boat featured is not currently for sale by Boatshed. The boat information and images presented are part of Boatshed’s back catalogue of the 25,000+ boats we have listed in the last 20 years and appear here for general information and guidance purposes about Boatshed and our boat selling systems and services

Vortex 47 (Nelson 46)

Major refit 2011-15 inc engine
£0 Sold / Unavailable
  • Boat REF#  ·  270716
  • Length  ·  15.20m
  • Year  ·  1992
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Semi-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  6
  • Engine  ·  2 x diesel 485hp, Detroit 6-71 Ti (re-built 2015) (1992)
  • Lying  ·  Isle of Wight
Boatshed IOW
Boatshed IOW
Corinne Gillard

The boat featured is not currently for sale by Boatshed. The boat information and images presented are part of Boatshed’s back catalogue of the 25,000+ boats we have listed in the last 20 years and appear here for general information and guidance purposes about Boatshed and our boat selling systems and services

Extra Details

Designer Roland Paxton/TT Boat Designs
Builder E Dridge, Emsworth UK
Lying Isle of Wight
Fuel capacity 3,000.0 ltr (660.0 USG) Total - 3 Tanks
Water capacity 1,250.0 ltr (275.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 21/11/2017


Engine 2 x diesel 485hp
Engine make and model Detroit 6-71 Ti (re-built 2015) (1992)
Engine Hours engine1= 117
engine2= 120
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 4 blade bronze (Rope Cutters)
Fuel consumption (approx) 141.0 ltr (31.0 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 19 knots
Max speed (approx) 25 knots

Engine hours stated are from re-build 2015
Full dealer engine overhaul 2015. Cutlass bearings replaced 2018. Most recent service 2019
Zipwake Dynamic trim tab system fitted 2018
Victron Energy Skylla Charger and inverter new 2018
4 batteries new 2015


Length 15.20m
LOD 14.33m
LWL 13.03m
Beam 4.30m
Draft Min 1.10m
Draft Max 1.10m
Displacement 22,000kg (48,510.0lbs)
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

24 volt battery, 8 batteries charged by: engine, shore power 12v droppers where required and 240v via shore power and Victron inverter


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Finish 2 pack finish

Hull repaint 2018


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 2
Shower 2
Heads 2 heads (Electric)

Intellian i2 satellite system new 2018

3 burner propane Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system

Intellian i2 satellite system new 2018

3 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Swim Platform
Swim Ladder
Instrument Covers
Cockpit Enclosure
Bow Thruster

Electric Lewmar windlass (with remote control)
1 anchors
(CQR (30 kg))
30.00m of chain
dinghy (unknown year)
3.5hp outboard, Tohatsu, Short shaft (2018)
Bimini/cockpit enclosure frame new 2018

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Chart plotter
Navigation lights
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder

Aft facing camera new 2018

Safety Equipment

Fume detector
Life jackets
Life buoys
Swim ladder

4 bilge pumps (1 manual / 3 electric)

Broker's Comments

The Vortex 47 was designed by Arthur Mursell of TT Boat Designs, who were themselves responsible for all the well-respected Nelson hulls produced. Based on the Nelson 46, the already fantastic sea-keeping capabilities of the Nelson hull were further enhanced by incorporating design features patented by Roland Paxton, the Canadian marine architect. Not least was an increase in beam from the somewhat narrow-gutted standard hull (if I may dare say so!). Another striking feature of the hull is its relatively flat fuel consumption per nautical mile, irrespective of speed. In other words she can cruise all day at 10%-15% off maximum revs (to ‘ease’ the engines a bit) without feeling that you are paying a penalty in fuel consumption. Strongly built originally and since completely refitted to an exceptionally high standard she is a highly capable offshore cruiser with a huge inventory for both safety and comfort.

There is no sign that her hull was built in 1992, and the remarkable thing about her machinery, plumbing, electrics, instrumentation and interior is that almost all of it has been renewed. Between June 2005 and February 2009 some £135,700 (plus VAT) was spent, with a further £639,100 (plus VAT) between February 2011 and May 2015. The latter includes £43,900 (plus VAT) with East Coast Diesels having the two engines rebuilt to ‘zero-hour’ standard, and £17,800 (plus VAT) just on windows and hatches. In all close to £1m was spent on the two refits if you include VAT!

Since then in her current ownership she has been maintained meticulously by a local yard and there are numerous upgrades, again all receipted. This includes the addition of Zipwake Dynamic trim tabs giving her an extra ½ knot in speed (which doesn’t seem possible!), a smooth flatter ride through the water, and some roll reduction – with a noticeable increase in on-board comfort.

On deck she is solid, with well-placed stainless grab rails that take you all the way up to the foredeck. The cockpit/aft deck area gives you a great dining or seating area, shaded from sun or fully enclosed. Both upper and lower helm positions are fully equipped with modern navigational aids

Down below she feels extremely bright and open. The upper saloon is light and comfortable, the galley and lower saloon are well laid out for use at sea or in port and the master cabin aft is fantastic. A large double island berth with plenty of space around, storage throughout and a good sized en-suite gives it a luxurious feel that I really liked. The forward cabin has two single berths, again light and bright and lots of storage, and the dinette converts to make two more bunks if required.

In summary, she is a handsome looking, well designed, well-built sea boat with all the modern comforts and safety equipment you need aboard for extended cruising. Viewing is highly recommended to appreciate just what she is.

Video viewings are offered on request

Part exchange for smaller power vessel may be considered

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Vortex 47 (Nelson 46) has been personally photographed and viewed by Corinne Gillard of Boatshed IOW. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

3 years

Why are you selling her?

Change of plans

Where have you sailed her?

South coast UK

The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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